PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), announces "The Search for Hidden Figures" - a new scholarship contest designed to help uncover the next generation of female leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is inspired by the highly-anticipated feature film "Hidden Figures", in theaters nationwide on January 6, 2017, produced by Pharrell Williams, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. The film tells the 'untold' story of three African American female NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960's. This contest will support today's emerging STEM visionaries by awarding over $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes to over 20 winners.
"PepsiCo is incredibly proud to work with 21st Century Fox and the New York Academy of Sciences to shine a light on women and girls doing outstanding but unheralded work in science, technology, engineering and math," said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo's Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development. "The 'Hidden Figures' story is being told at a time when advances in each of these fields are creating unprecedented opportunities to develop solutions for many of the world's biggest challenges. PepsiCo is proud to actively support the discovery of STEM talent and the development of STEM skills in the workforce."